CLOUD SOLUTIONS

Achieve business goals, increase competitiveness, reduce costs, increase flexibility, and optimize resource utilization.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

Enjoy the convenience of pay-per-use and save on the cost of acquiring, managing and maintaining IT infrastructure.

Platform as a service (PaaS)

Increase the speed of development on a ready-to-use platform to deploy applications.

Flagship offers cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world.

Products and services include:

  • Bare metal and virtual servers

  • Networking

  • Turnkey big data, analytics, business continuity and security solutions

  • Private and hybrid cloud solutions

  • IT Maintenance and Monitoring of your current environment

When compared to more traditional computing methods, cloud deployments offer increased IT infrastructure flexibility, lower costs, and and the ability to leverage big data, analytics and mobile computing technologies. Explore the materials below to learn more.

IBM Cloud Services

Hybrid. Open. Secure. Cloud computing is at the center of dramatic innovation with mobile, data analysis and security as the enabler. Discover the continuum of choices for infrastructure, platform, and services to accelerate digital business.

Infographic: 4 Steps To Planning A Hybrid Cloud Deployment

Think you’re ready to move an application your team has developed to a hybrid cloud environment, but unsure of exactly where to begin?This infographic below from IBM cloudMatrix sets out four key steps to eliminating guesswork and making the process go smoothly:assessing your workloadscomparing cloud providerscreating reusable design patternsestimating your billRunning through all four steps can ensure that you not only make the best choices for your applications right now, but you can also make it easier for your team the next time around. Contact Flagship Solutions Group to learn more.

Cloud Matters: Private Cloud for the Enterprise

In this first installment of our Cloud Matters video series, IBM Distinguished Engineer & Blue Box CTO Jesse Proudman discusses why private cloud is a good fit …

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IBM + VMware = choice with consistency

Go from months to minutes when you use VMware Cloud Foundation to implement and deploy a VMware environment. Using the advanced automation …

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Infographic: Uncovering the Truth About Cloud Computing

Cloud adoption has seen unprecedented growth. But not everyone has bought in just yet. For non-cloud adopters, concerns about security risk still cast a shadow of doubt over the rewards that cloud computing offers.

How to Jump Start Your Hybrid Cloud

When your IT infrastructure is overloaded, you look at hybrid cloud as a solution. Watch this video to jump start your hybrid cloud or learn more here: …

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Infographic: 5 Common Cloud Deployment Mistakes

Cloud migrationis fast becoming a top priority for small businesses and enterprisesalike, as a strategy to improve efficiency, increase agility and unlock new opportunities. Many think that once they get past the internal debates, politics, and budget calculating, the hard part is behind them. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. Most companies make some basic mistakes and assumptions that cause their migration to the cloud to be significantly more difficult. On average, most migrations to the cloud don’t go well.

White Paper: When it Comes to Cloud, Knowledge is Everything

A comprehensive understanding of your physical and virtual infrastructures is a critical requirement before embarking on a cloud model. Know what you have and where it is.Your cloud service model should result in IT cost savings; and it should reduce the burden and personnel resources required from your IT organization. A utility pricing model allows you to pay for what you use and eliminates the capital expense of deploying in-house hardware and software.The major concern to be addressed is the security risk associated with cloud models.This paper will provide an overview of cloud computing, the primary service models, available deployment models, and critical success factors for cloud computing.

The 3 big speed bumps to devops in the cloud

Devops and cloud—both concepts are hot, for good reason. Let’s take a look at the current state of devops and cloud, and how they fit into today’s technology sets.Devops provides an approach and a group of technologies that help enterprise developers do a better, faster job of creating applications. It also eliminates the barriers between development and operations (thus the name “devops”).The cloud, meaning the public cloud, provides the platform for devops. Although you can certainly do devops on premises, most enterprises want to reduce costs and increase speed. The cloud is where you look for those benefits.All you have to do is mix devops and the cloud, like mixing chocalate and peanut butter, right? Well, no. Enterprises have made big blunders with devops and the cloud. Here are three elements you should understand to avoid making those blunders yourself. 1. You need a hybrid solution to devopsToday’s public clouds do not provide one-stop-shopping for devops. Although they have application development management, including support for devops, it’s still a world where you’ll have to cobble together a solution from a mix of products that includes public cloud services and, yes, traditional software.For example, although you can have pipeline management and continuous integration services on most public clouds, you’ll have to go old-school for continuous testing and continuous deployment. The degree to which your services are cloud-centric versus local-platform-centric will make a big difference in that mix.2. Devops isn’t as cheap as the cloudBecause you must use traditional platforms along with public clouds, the costs are higher than you’d expect. Many organizations budget the devops solution assuming it’s all cloud-based. But it isn’t. As a result, there are cost overruns all over the place when it comes to devops and the cloud.3. The devops tools aren’t all here yetAlthough vendors and IT organizations both continue to learn about the continuous development, testing, integration, and deployment that are fundamental to devops, we’re nowhere near nirvana. The super tools that automate everything, cloud or not, aren’t here yet. The sales pitch for devops is often like that of getting a superhighway, but in reality that highway has lots of stoplights. You still have to stop and perform manual processes as a part of devops automation. There’s no getting around it right now.One day, we will get a true superhighway. The technology is getting there. But right now both devops and the cloud are works in progress. You should do devops, but understand the road you’ll actually be traveling.